UM supports Harvard lawsuit seeking to stop deportation of some global students


Students must either transfer to a school with in-person courses or return to their home country to take classes; if they do not, as per ICE, "they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings".

In separate letters to Acting Secretary, Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf and Acting Secretary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Matthew Albence, the lawmakers expressed concern over the ICE's recently announced modifications to the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP).

The University of Miami has joined Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in fighting the Trump administration's new immigration policy forcing some worldwide students out of the country.

Now, Indiana University and Purdue University are supporting the lawsuit challenging the order. In MIT's case, undergraduate students invited to campus will have a combination of online and in-person instruction, while those not living on campus will be offered online instruction. The officials said they were "frustrated and disappointed" by ICE's decision. "For our worldwide students, at this time anyway we don't expect a problem".

Catholic university presidents also have expressed their concern and frustration with the policy's announcement.

"Currently enrolled global students must either scramble to transfer to institutions offering in-person instruction when they reopen in the fall or risk possible deportation from the US", Abdullah wrote.

And Thursday, Purdue tweeted it would support the education needs of worldwide students in "every way possible".

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He also said the university was joining other colleges and universities in submitting an amicus brief in federal court "opposing this new, damaging guidance". IU enrolled more than 7,700 worldwide students last fall. President Donald Trump's administration supports the in-person reopening of public and private colleges and universities in the fall, and the most recent attack on worldwide students serves as a form of leverage to require schools to resume full operations. Additionally, students whose stay in the not threatened by online classes should send an email to trusted professors and to department heads to request in-person class options for worldwide students. "It isn't going to be just on-line learning in the fall", Zambito said.

"Having already overcome the hurdles of being accepted to an American university and authorized to travel and live here, foreign students now have to grapple with the uncertainty of being expelled from the country simply because of the way instruction is delivered", he wrote.

"The ability to provide remote education during the pandemic is of paramount importance to universities across the country", the lawsuit says. Our community is global, and worldwide students are a vital part of our identity and our aspirations.

The timing of this guidance also is something school leaders said can not be ignored.

"The Office of Global Affairs is now reviewing the course schedule of all worldwide students", it states.

Students who must move a continent away or to the other side of the world will have to participate in online classes in time zones hours apart from where they are located, which could have detrimental effects on their education, health, and livelihood. While Ecampus courses are fully taught by OSU faculty, they are designed for exclusive online instruction.